Desperate to find a silver lining in the 2014 Midterm shellacking, the media has come up with a new mantra: “The GOP’s victory is short lived.”

2016 is the GOP’s to lose, and I would never put it past the Republicans to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory; but to act as though a Republican loss of the Senate in 2016 is a forgone conclusion is premature at best.

Yes, the map will be different, and yes, the GOP has no policy agenda carved in stone, yet neither of these ensure defeat in 2016. The truth is very simple: no one knows what will happen in 2016. And yet…

“We were destroyed in the Midterms, what do we say?! What should we write?!”
“I know, let’s tell everyone that there’s no way Republicans can win again in 2016.”
“Brilliant!”

And then they got to work:

WaPo

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USA Today

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National Journal

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NPR

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Spin. Rinse. Repeat.

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